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6:45am — Colo. Fugitive Caught in Southern N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Man convicted of sexual assault found sneaking into U.S. early Wednesday near Sunland Park.

A convicted sex offender wanted in Colorado was arrested early Wednesday morning after illegally crossing the border into the United States near Sunland Park, Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier told the Las Cruces Sun-News.

Jacinto Barron, 50, was convicted in 2001 of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Longmont, Colo., and was found guilty in 2002 of attempted sexual assault, according to Colorado authorities.

Barron also was wanted on two active warrants, including an alleged sexual assault in Boulder, Colo., and a parole violation stemming from the 2001 Longmont, Colo., conviction, according to the Sun-News.

Court records in Las Cruces showed that Barron was charged as a fugitive from justice in Las Cruces Magistrate Court in 2000 and ordered extradited to Colorado, the Sun-News said.

“He went missing in 2006 and we have not had contact with him since then,” Longmont, Colo., Police Commander Tim Lewis told the paper. “When you find someone like this that has been violating for so long the conditions of his parole … getting him in custody is a big relief for me.”

Barron was captured at 2:18 a.m. Wednesday during a routine patrol near Sunland Park after allegedly entering the United States illegally, Border Patrol officials said.

He is being held at the Otero County detention facility until Dona Ana County authorities can arrange his extradition to Colorado, Mosier told the Sun-News.

Barron was born in Lamesa, Texas, but he told Border Patrol agents he is a citizen of Mexico, the paper reported.